With the changing season comes differences in how your home functions. As the weather turns cooler, you may find some home deficiencies, like drafty windows or old caulking, disturbing your home’s comfort levels and energy efficiency. If you observe a difference in the atmosphere of your house, you may need replacement windows (or replacement caulking). But while you are looking for more efficient windows, there’s an often-overlooked thing that can help enhance your energy efficiency and comfort now—suitable shades and blinds.
Shades or blinds on replacement windows have the potential to save you money on your monthly utility bills, particularly during winter months in Greensboro when temperatures drop. The key to getting the most benefit from your shades and blinds is correct installation. It’s also important to make these adjustments as the colder months approach:
- North-facing windows – Your windows facing the north typically get the least amount of sunlight. It’s ideal to have your shades closed on these windows because not much heat will be gained from sunlight.
- South-facing windows – The windows on the south side of your house gives you some natural warmth from the sun during Greensboro winters. Keep your shades open on your south windows for extended periods of time because these windows provide the best chance of catching some of the sun’s warmth.
- East-facing windows – Keep your shades open on the east side of your home in the early hours.
- West-facing windows – You can keep your shades open during the afternoon and evening hours for the windows on the west side. Blinds are also an appropriate option for west-facing windows (interior blinds are more suitable than exterior blinds in the winter because they will allow more heat in).
Saving energy in your home can be that much easier with window shade adjustments, but proper installation is also crucial. Keeping your shades as close to your window glass as possible will help minimize heat loss. Window shades with a double layer of fabric are even better, if they are an option for your space. Lighter-colored window shades will reflect heat in the summer and darker-colored shades will obtain heat in the winter.
People often ignore the energy efficiency shades and blinds can offer a home. If you are in need of increasing your comfort levels this winter and you think your windows might be the problem, invest in proper shades and follow our opening and closing tips until you’re set for replacement windows. Pella Windows and Doors offers a variety of window shade and blind styles at our Greensboro showroom, so come and visit us. You can also contact us at 336-203-0576 or set up an in-home appointment with us online so we can evaluate your windows and give you shade recommendations.